The Fallout Review: Jenna Ortega Shines in This Beautiful Tale of Friendship, Love and Living With a Loss

The Fallout is written and directed by Megan Park with cinematography by Kristen Correll and, music by Finneas O’Connell. The film stars Jenna Ortega in the central role as our protagonist Vada. Along with her, we have Maddie Ziegler, Niles Fitch, Will Ropp, Lumi Pollack, John Ortiz, Julie Bowen, Shailene Woodley, Christine Horn, Austin Zajur and Yindra Zayas. The runtime for the film is 1 hour 35 minutes.

– HBO’s The Fallout review does not contain spoilers –

The Fallout: The Aftermath of Living Through a Traumatic Event

No one knows how strongly damaging and disruptive it can be emotionally, to run past death unless you are put in those running shoes. The Fallout deals with the aftermath of a tragic event that has deeply scarred our characters and, shows different ways of coping, various feelings one might experience, the uncertainty of life and the feeling of being insecure.

Set against the background of school shootings, the film brings to us an emotionally challenging journey of a teenager. We meet high schooler Vada, whose life changes forever when her school is attacked. Following the incident, Vada emotionally grows numb and, seeks out new friendships as the hollowness in her emotional spectrum kills her away. She bonds with her fellow high schooler Mia who has gone through the same experience and Quinton who has lost a brother to the shooting.

Vada begins to reassess her relationships in life and, reinvents herself. She takes a leap with different decisions that she feels will make her cope better. Testing her own boundaries, our protagonist finds herself completing a full circle of loss, love and living by the end of the film.

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Jenna Ortega leads the film with brilliance. She is everything we can hope for and, more. Portraying the character who goes from feeling lost and numb onto a path that is more hopeful, Ortega is the heart and soul of the film. Maddie Ziegler, who plays Mia, follows her own trajectory and, even though her character isn’t a perfect fit, she makes her story heard. A beautiful surprise and delight was watching Lumi Pollack as Vada’s younger sister, Amelia. Pollack was headstrong in her typical teenager vibes but, also adds depth to her character in the pauses.

Another moving aspect of the film has to be the perfect score and cinematography that blends in with the changing tone of the story. Director Megan Park brings to us a story that is not extraordinary but, special in its own way and helps us reflect on life and, understand the process of growing up with a permanent scar.

The Fallout: Final Verdict

This story has little to do with what happens when mass shootings threaten innocent lives and, rather takes us through the struggle and survival of the people left behind, to remember the tragedy every passing moment of their lives.

The Fallout is transformative. It starts with a bright sunny morning and, ends with another one, connecting both the start and finish seamlessly to give a message. The drama is restrained and, chooses to use the nuances in everyday life to tell a deeper tale. For anyone out there who is feeling either overwhelmed or numb, this film is the perfect therapeutic tea during the changing blues.

The Fallout first premiered at South by Southwest in 2021. Following the critical acclaim, it is now globally available for streaming on HBO Max.

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